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    60th Anniversary Summer Celebration

    All summer long, Natural Bridge Caverns is celebrating six decades of discovery. There are several tours and attractions, including the new Twisted Trails adventure course and a chance to pan for treasures just like gold miners.
    Through Aug. 23. $10-30.  
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    A New History of Old Texas

    Brandon Steele begins his third season of the popular history podcast with the story of Cabeza de Vaca’s journey in the wilderness of Texas.
    New episodes air Mondays and Thursdays  
    Online
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    Auto Tours and Hiking Trails Open

    The whooping cranes have left their winter home in Texas, but the wildlife refuge still has lots to see and a new elevated boardwalk to see it from. Entrance fees to all national wildlife refuges (there are 19 in Texas) have temporarily been suspended, but all visitor services are closed.
    Wed.-Sun., 9am-4pm. Free.  
    Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell
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    Digital Garden

    Take a YouTube-based journey through the park with the newest episode about the monarch, our favorite butterfly.
    Free.  
    Online from Texas Discovery Garden, Dallas
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    Flight of the Bats

    The bats have returned to the 350-foot-deep cavern three hours from Austin. Evening tours of the bat emergence have begun with social distancing. Reservations required.
    Wed.-Sun., through Oct. 31, 7:30pm. $6-14.  
    Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area, Rocksprings
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    Frio Bat Flight

    Tour spaces are limited because of coronavirus precautions as the second-largest population of Mexican free-tailed bats in the world emerge from the cave.
    Daily, 7:30-9:30pm. $10-12.  
    Concan
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    Limited Cave Tours

    Concerts in the Throne Room have been discontinued for the time being, but small tours are happening in the cave too pretty for a name, and reservations are encouraged.
    Daily, 9am-5pm  
    Cave Without a Name, Boerne
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    Machu Picchu

    Take a 360-degree tour of the ancient mountain-top Inca citadel in Peru.
     
    Online
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    National Museum of the Pacific War

    The museum will offer tours for groups of up to nine persons through the exhibits including the George H.W. Bush Gallery and recently renovated Admiral Nimitz Gallery. Reservations required.
    Wed.-Sun., beginning Fri., May 15. $8-18.  
    Fredericksburg
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    Natural Bridge Caverns Drive-Thru Wildlife Ranch

    The ranch is back open after a hiatus due to COVID-19. Drive through 450 acres of scenic landscape and see more than 500 animals from the safety of your personal vehicle.
    Daily, 9am-5pm  
    Between New Braunfels and San Antonio
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    Robinson Film Center Online Programming

    Located in downtown Shreveport, the Robinson Film Center is temporarily closed, but has created a virtual program that educates, enriches, and entertains viewers through the power of film. Programs include recommended films that can be streamed through a subscription or rental service, as well as interactive activities, such as open discussion forums, simple recipes, and more. The programs are updated weekly.
    Online
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    SculptFest

    Originally planned for the town square in Round Rock, the show of Texas-made art goes on at the Texas Society of Sculptors website.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Storm on the Strand Ghost Tours

    The island city is one of the most haunted cities in the country and the guides take visitors on a casual socially distanced stroll through many of the spooky sites.
    Nightly by online reservation  
    Galveston
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    Take a (Virtual) Day Trip Around the World

    Learn something new, visit museums around the world, and explore the hidden mysteries of life at the website with enough cool stuff to outlast any pandemic.
    Any day, anytime  
    Online
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    Texas History at Home

    All state historic sites and their grounds have closed to the public, but you can explore the historic site atlas, watch videos, dive into historic stories and maps, and more from the comfort of your home.
     
    Online from Texas Historical Commission
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    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
    Online
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    Virtual Museum Tours

    Trying to avoid crowds? Visit 11 of Texas’ most interesting museums from the comfort of your home, including the Sixth Floor Museum, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and the National Cowgirl Museum.
    Free.  
    Online via Texas State Historical Association
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    Virtual Tour of Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids

    Step inside the Gerald R. Ford Museum and take a virtual tour with museum curator Don Holloway. Walk through the Core Exhibits and learn about Gerald Ford’s childhood and early years in Grand Rapids.
     
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    Virtual Trip to Marble Falls

    Take a day trip without leaving the farm (or your living room) with new videos from Marble Falls. Take a 14-minute sunset ride on a paddleboard on Lake Marble Falls or admire the bluebonnets.
    Online
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    Witte Where You Are

    The art, history, and science museum is working to reopen in the new normal, but until then it has a digital series of virtual visits that cover everything from cooking classes to science lessons.
     
    Online via Witte Museum, San Antonio

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